Thailand: Summer 2015

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This Summer I had the amazing opportunity to go on a student travel group to Thailand. We stayed in Thailand for 16 days and traveled around the country. I traveled with one of my best friends but we met high school students from across the country.

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We did so many amazing things like visiting temples, getting a cooking class, zip lining, hiking, a river bamboo boat tour, going to an elephant reserve, visiting Bangkok, and so many incredible things.

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These pictures are from the hike we did, we hiked 5 miles to get to this waterfall. Then we ate fried rice and fruit for lunch and went for a swim to cool down. After we had a rest then we started heading back down. It started pouring down rain and then the rain turned into a monsoon. We had to wait for most of the rain to pass so we could get through what became huge rivers. So then we finished the 5 mile hike down in mud! It was a crazy experience that I will never forget.

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This is the food market that we went to and got to see so many exotic fruits, vegetables, and meats. Some of them even ate fried bugs! A lot of the produce I did not recognize but most of the people let us try things which was so fun to try durian and mangosteen!

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This is the cooking class after the tour of the market. The cooking class was at a beautiful farm in the countryside and each of us got to make 5 recipes!

I made- coconut soup, pad thai (pictured above), sesame chicken, red curry with tofu and served with rice, and mango sticky rice.

All of the recipes are so delicious and I will definitely be making them at home!

-Evangeline

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Freedom in the Fields

DSC_0551While I was in Indiana I wanted to do an outfit post because of how pretty the fields are. Sometimes they look like they go on forever which makes them so pretty in pictures. I recently bought the striped poncho that I am wearing in the pictures, from Free People. As soon as I bought it I couldn’t wait to put it on, I love the tassels at the bottom and it is so soft! DSC_0559This tractor is my grandfather’s, I love it because it looks so vintage.DSC_0644 There are so many places around my grandparent’s farm that have such pretty scenery, this is a huge patch of moss growing by the base of a big maple tree. Huge maple trees are on either side of the front drive that are gorgeous when you drive through.DSC_0594DSC_0599DSC_0582DSC_0615DSC_0654For my hair I did long dutch braids on either side of my head, they look very complicated but they are actually very simple! It is just a french braid but instead of putting the pieces of hair over top of each other you put the pieces under. DSC_0636DSC_0703By the front gate there are huge patches of gorgeous flowers. The daisies are my favorite! DSC_0718DSC_0608Hope you enjoyed seeing a look inside my granparents farm and seeing an outfit with this amazin poncho!

poncho- Free People

jeans- Topshop

tank top- Urban Outfitters

bralette- Aerie

shoes- Free People

hair- dutch braids by me 🙂

Thank you to my grandparents for letting me take pictures on there gorgeous farm land!

Slaw : Asian Inspired

Today on the way home my mom and I decided to stop by a local farm because it has started to warm up in NC and we thought that they would have some fresh spring produce. Which luckily they did! They had some beautiful vegetables (see pics on my insta!! down below). So when I went home I decided to make some Asian inspired slaw with the red cabbage I bought. DSC_0020DSC_0023DSC_0028DSC_0029RECIPE:

– 1 head of red cabbage chopped

– 2 carrots peeled and sliced (I just used the peeler)

– 2 T. fresh parsley (optional)

– lots of cilantro (to your liking)

– 1 chopped garlic clove

– juice of half a lemon

– 2 T. rice vinegar

– 3 T. soy sauce

– 1 T. grapeseed oil (or other flavorless oil)

– 1 T. peanut oil

– 1-2 T. sesame oil

– either chopped fresh or powdered ginger (to taste)

– salt and pepper

– red pepper flakes

– chile paste if you like a little spice

This slaw is better if you let sit for a few hours or over night and best served with cilantro, peanuts, and I love it with sliced avocado!

Winter Meal : Red Pepper Clams

I always get inspiration from flipping through Bon Appetit magazine. It is by far my favorite foodie magazine. They have such creative dishes of things that I would never think of. All of these dishes are inspired by past dishes I have seen in Bon Apetit. This particular meal was not very cohesive but very yummy! It was perfect for a Sunday night. DSC_0118Spinach and watercress salad with beets and miso dressing:

How gorgeous is this salad?? It was not only pretty but super simple and tasted so good. I haven’t worked with miso paste that much but there is a variety of different colors/flavors. I have red miso which is pretty strong and salty but it worked perfectly with the sweet beets. If you are not sure if you will like the strong miso flavor then I would use white miso paste because that is the mildest. Also with leftover dressing you can saute with vegetables and it is so good!

– spinach/watercress

– steamed/baked beets until tender

– miso dressing (olive oil, lemon juice, miso paste to your liking, pepper)DSC_0117Pistachio Israeli couscous with golden raisins lemony Dressing:

I love the texture of israeli couscous, it’s slighty chewy but goes well with crunchy things. That is why the pistachios are perfect because they provide the dish with nuttiness and crunch. The raisins are so good and they have a sweetness that is so yummy with the lemon dressing.

– israeli couscous

– chopped, toasted pistachios

– chopped golden raisins

– chopped fresh parsley

– lemon dressing (olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper)

**optional– kale chips

I added kale chips to my couscous which is totally optional but I loved it.

– rub chopped kale leaves with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic

– bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, it depends on how big the kale sections are for how much time they need and I flip mine halfway though

Shallot caper crostini with mozzarella:

– olive oil toasted baguette rubbed with garlic

– fried capers and shallots

– mozzarella

– fry the capers in olive oil for 1-2 minutes add chopped shallots and salt and pepper- spoon over bread with mozzarella

This is so good!!! I could have this with every meal and the capers and shallots go perfectly together.DSC_0115Finally to the clams!

Roasted red pepper clams with spinach and garlic:

These clams were so yummy and the roasted red pepper was the perfect flavor to go in the broth. You could blend the broth with the peppers so it would be more like a puree but that is up to you. I also added spinach before serving but that is totally optional.

– little neck clams

– 1 roasted red pepper [you can do it yourself (pictured above) or buy a jar]

– garlic

– shallot

– vegetable broth

– parsley

– spinach

– salt/pepperDSC_0135I served the clams with angel hair pasta but you could serve it plain or with a baguette and it would be just as delicious! DSC_0138Hope you enjoyed!

– Evangeline

 

 

Weekend Getaway : Turks and Caicos

DSCN9841-3A few weeks ago I went to the beautiful island, Turks and Caicos. I have been there a few times before but it is always breathtaking. The water in the Caribbean is always such a pretty blue and I never get tired of it! Now looking back at the pictures reminds me of how much I love the beach!! Right now I am looking out the window with snow on the grass…with more coming soon. DSC_0246-4We have a few friends that live on the island that were nice enough to let us stop by the Grace Bay Club resort.

It is right on the water and is so gorgeous! There are many pools and restaurants to eat at. I would totally recommend going by to eat if you are on the island!DSC_0293-8My beach essentials include:

shorts- roxy

sunglasses- anthropologie

sunscreen- sunbum 50 (my favorite sunscreen by far!! smells amazing and stays on in the water)

iphone and phone case- rifle paper co.

brush- tangle teaserDSC_0268-7This is one of the pools at Grace Bay Club. I thought the clear wall was awesome!
My mom and I came down early one morning and did yoga on the deck in front of the pool which was so nice and relaxing.

DSC_0116-1This is my brother, me, and my mom on our way to get a bite to eat and go to the beach! DSCN9843-9This is the amazing view from one of the penthouses. We were lucky enough to go and tour one. Couldn’t imagine waking up to this view every morning! DSC_0250-5This is actually the lounge and part of the restaurant at the Grace Bay Club it is so cool with the baskets and even more pretty at night all lit up.

Bathing suit- free people

*the top is on sale!!DSC_0184-2This is my brother and I walking back on the beach, you can see how clear the water is. I always enjoy a little break from school and it doesn’t hurt to go to an island! The island also has AMAZING food! One of the restaurants I would reccomend is Coco Bistro. I have their new cookbook and have yet to make anything. But I would love to recreate the tuna appetizer!

Until next time…

Evangeline

 

Homemade Granola : Honey and Almond

After New Year’s my family and I are always looking for ways to be healthier (as most people are). This means ditching the chips and the chocolate bark and looking for healthy snacks. I have always loved granola because it is so versatile and delicious! This recipe has been perfected by making it several times and I think I finally have the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and crunchy. DSC_0095There is a lot of flexibility in this recipe. You can use different nuts, dried fruit, or any seeds, or flavorings that you enjoy. This blend is my favorite and so far everyone has liked it as well. DSC_0096First you mix the dry ingredients:

– 2 cups of oats

– 1 cup chopped almonds

– 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

– 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

– 1/4 quinoa

– 3 T. brown sugar

– 1/4 t. cinnamon

– sea salt

Again- you can use any nuts or seeds you prefer (walnuts, pecans, etc.)DSC_0098Next you mix the wet ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

– 2T. maple syrup

– 2T. honey or agave nectar

– 1/4 t. vanilla extract

Once all of the wet ingredients are mixed together, pour it over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined.DSC_0099***Don’t forget to line your pan with PARCHMENT or FOIL because I forgot to do this and was left with some of my granola stuck to the pan.

When you pour the granola onto the pan if you want big clusters, then press the mixture together in a pretty thick layer and make sure there is no space between the mixture. BUT if you want “loose” granola (with no chunks or clusters) spread the granola out and leave space inbetween.DSC_0098I like the big clusters so I pressed the mixture down and together.

Bake granola: 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown

When it is in the oven it smells amazing!! It smells like you are baking a batch of cookies!DSC_0107After it came out of the oven I mixed in 1/2 cup of toasted coconut chips and 1/4 cup of dried cherries.

This is where you can use anything to mix into your granola!!DSC_0113There are so many ways to snack on granola but my favorites are: to eat it like cereal with milk, or with yogurt and fruit, or just on its own!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!

-Evangeline

Island Time: Anguilla

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During the holidays my family takes a trip together. We always go somewhere with warm weather because most of us are tired of the cold by the time its December. This year we went to the island Anguilla. It is in the Caribbean right next to St. Maarten. We actually flew into St. Maarten and took a ferry over. Anguilla has the prettiest beaches and perfect water. My family had a great time and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone wanting to go to a great beach with good food.

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One of my Christmas presents were flash tattoos. Which are just temporary tattoos but they are metallic. They were perfect for new years and looked cool while you are on the beach.

**Tip: for getting the tattoos off use some type of oil (baby, olive, canola) they will come right off!

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The water was GORGEOUS!

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There were lots of yachts and sailboats that came through all day. It was fun to dream about having one haha.

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The scenery could not be more perfect there is beautiful beaches and vegetation, I miss it so much!!

Outfit Details:

tattoos- flash tattoos

bikini- L-Space (from Anthropologie)

hat- Roxy

sunglasses- Nordstrom (…I think)

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